Mermaid & Pirate Festival, Oktoberfest, Bahamian Festival top things to do this weekend
Here are the best events in Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.
It’s officially fall on the Treasure Coast.
Oktoberfest celebrations and fall festivals top events and things to do this weekend in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.
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Fall Fest at Langford Park is 6-9 p.m. Friday at 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. Activities include a children’s fun zone, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, a pumpkin-decorating station, an educational and interactive animal exhibit, children’s games, costume contests, giveaways, music and food trucks. Admission is free. For more information, go to martin.fl.us/prdevents.
Everyone Plays: Neighbor Night at Golden Gate is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment, 3225 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart. The night includes interactive music and dance, a photo booth, bingo with prizes, indoor and outdoor games, a creative crafting station, rock painting, free popcorn and a taco truck. For more information, go to facebook.com/hohmartin.
The Port Salerno Mermaid & Pirate Festival is Saturday at The Twisted Tuna.Buy Photo
The Port Salerno Mermaid & Pirate Festival is Saturday at The Twisted Tuna. (Photo: MOLLY BARTELS/SPECIAL TO TCPALM)
The Port Salerno Mermaid & Pirate Festival is noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Twisted Tuna, 4290 S.E. Salerno Road. The festival features a real pirate ship, a treasure hunt, pirate weapon demonstrations, a costume contest, a pirate school, a living history pirate encampment, interactive games and activities, live music, food for sale, photo opportunities with pirates and mermaids, and art, craft and nautical-themed vendors. Admission is free. Tickets for the Pirate’s Ball from 7-10 p.m. Friday upstairs at The Twisted Tuna are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, call 561-792-9260 or go to mermaidandpiratefestival.com.
Dirty River Jam 4 is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday behind Tako Tiki, 3340 N.E. Pineapple Ave., Jensen Beach. The event includes live music from 13 different bands and musicians, a children’s zone, a dunk tank, raffles, auctions and children’s entertainment. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Everglades. For more information, go to facebook.com/dirtyriverjam.
The 22nd annual New Monrovia Bahamian Festival is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at New Monrovia Park, 4455 S.E. Murray St., Stuart. A parade with the Junkanoo Band starts at 11 a.m. The festival features traditional island food, a children’s zone and entertainment. Carnival attire is encouraged. Donations are being accepted for Bahamas relief. For more information, go to newmonroviacdc.com.
The 22nd annual New Monrovia Bahamian Festival is Saturday at New Monrovia Park in Stuart.Buy Photo
The 22nd annual New Monrovia Bahamian Festival is Saturday at New Monrovia Park in Stuart. (Photo: ERIC HASERT/TCPALM)
The Great Escape Fall Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Guy Davis Park, 821 S.E. 10th St., Stuart. The festival includes a children’s play zone, concessions, arts and crafts, bounce houses, DJ music, a ninja play zone, a circus center, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn. A $10 play bracelet includes unlimited access to the bounce houses, ninja zone and slides. A $6 play bracelet includes unlimited access to junior bounce houses, slides and the preschool play zone. For more information, call 772-618-5186.
Elvis impersonator Darrell Dunhill performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. His show features authentic costumes, original song arrangements and signature dance moves. Tickets are $15-$20. To get tickets, call 772-223-7800 or go to kanecenter.org.
Crafting with Carina: Marine Life Edition is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at The House of Brews, 3311 N.W. Main Ave., Jensen Beach. Make crafts and chat with a biologist about marine life and how to protect the environment. While kids enjoy sparkling juices and treats, adults can try SweetWater Brewing Company’s special release #KickPlastic pilsner. For more information, go to facebook.com/jensenbeachthob.
St. Lucie County
The Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals is 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Manatee Observation and Education Center, 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. Firefighters from more than 45 cities across the nation converge downtown to compete. Wearing full gear, they race head-to-head, individual and tandem competitions, simulating the physical demands of firefighting by performing five tasks: climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing victims. Plus, the event includes food trucks, vendors and a miniature course for kids. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-871-5458 or go to firefighterchallenge.com. Plus, Family Day with free admission to the Manatee Center is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. It includes children’s crafts, hands-on activities, live animal exhibits, games and hourly fish feedings. For more information, go to facebook.com/manateecenter.
The Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals is this weekend at the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce.Buy Photo
The Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals is this weekend at the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce. (Photo: MOLLY BARTELS/SPECIAL TO TCPALM)
Port St. Lucie’s Oktoberfest is 5-10 p.m. Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place. Under the big tent, enjoy a brat-eating contest, a stein-holding competition, children’s activities, bounce houses, live entertainment and German beer and food for sale. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-878-2277 or go to pslparks.com/oktoberfest.
Hop Life Brewing’s Oktoberfest Two-Anniversary Party is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at 679 N.W. Enterprise Drive, Unit 101, Port St. Lucie. It features special beer releases, custom beer steins, live music, food trucks with German food and beer competitions. For more information, go to facebook.com/hoplifebrewingcompany.
Islamorada Beer Company’s Fifth Anniversary Oktoberfest is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at 3200 Saint Lucie Blvd., Fort Pierce. It includes food trucks, charity raffles and live music. For more information, go to facebook.com/islamoradabeercompany.
Peace, Love & Patty for Patty McGee’s 75th Birthday Bash is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Archie’s Seabreeze, 401 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce. Wear 1960s costumes. For more information, call 772-460-3888 or go to facebook.com/archiesftpierce.
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The seventh annual Wild Roses Line Dance Workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at River Walk Center, 600 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. Plus, socials start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at River Walk. The cost to register is $60. Proceeds benefit the Wild Roses Foundation. For more information, go to wildrosesfoundation.com.
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The Treasure Coast Swine 4-H Club’s Barbecue and Bingo Fundraiser is 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds, 15601 Midway Road, west of Fort Pierce. It includes a dinner of homemade barbecue pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans and macaroni and cheese, as well as raffles, drawings and bingo. The cost is a donation of $15 for ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 12 and younger. Enter the fairgrounds from Peacock Road. For more information, go to facebook.com/treasurecoastswine.
The Cruise-in to Fall Classic Car & Truck Roundup is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery, 4200 Johnston Road, north of Fort Pierce. It also includes an art show, live music and a food truck. Admission is free to spectators. Registration is $20. Proceeds benefit St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call 772-460-0500 or go to summercrushwine.com.
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Indian River County
Oktoberfest Nights is 6-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Enjoy German food, beer, drink specials and live authentic Oktoberfest music. Comedy zone showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information, go to riversidetheatre.com.
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The 32nd annual Autumn in the Park Centennial Arts & Crafts Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Riverside Park, 3200 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. The show includes more than 100 exhibits, food vendors, children’s activities and entertainment. For more information, call 772-978-4700.
The 32nd annual Autumn in the Park Centennial Arts & Crafts Show is Saturday and Sunday at Riverside Park in Vero Beach.Buy Photo
The 32nd annual Autumn in the Park Centennial Arts & Crafts Show is Saturday and Sunday at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. (Photo: JEREMIAH WILSON/TCPALM)
The first Volkstoberfest car show is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Walking Tree Brewery, 3209 Dodger Road, Vero Beach. It also includes food trucks, vendors, giveaways, raffles and live music at 7 p.m. For more information, go to facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Fever concert is 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th St. It features music from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Ages 18 and younger or those with student IDs get in free. For more information, call 855-252-7276 or go to spacecoastsymphony.org.
H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue’s Howls for Fall Festival is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Indian River Shores Community Center, 6001 N. State Road A1A, north of Vero Beach. Enjoy music, food, hay rides, apple bobbing, costume contests, vendors and a haunted house. For more information, go to facebook.com/halo.rescue.
The sixth annual Paddle in Pink fundraiser is this weekend at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, 3244 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach. On Friday, the party on the pool deck is 6-9 p.m. and includes live music, drink specials, food and a live auction. On Saturday, yoga on the beach is 8:30-9:30 a.m., the mimosas and muffins beach lounge is 9:30-10:30 a.m. and the main event with pop-up shops, food and drinks is 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to paddleinpink.org.
The Pink Passion Event is 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Waldo’s Bar & Grill at the Driftwood, 3150 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach. The event features music, drinks and an artisan box giveaway. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, go to facebook.com/msabcirc.
Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm’s entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Read her weekly column, Laurie’s Stories, on TCPalm.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TCPalmLaurie or Facebook at faceboook.com/TCPalmLaurie.